Guterres’ Message on World Press Freedom Day

On 3. May, 2019, the UN Secretary-General Guterres sent out an important message on World Press Freedom Day: A free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights. No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information. It is the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power. This is especially true during election seasons — the focus of this year’s World Press Freedom Day. Facts, not falsehoods, should guide people as they choose their representatives. Yet while technology has transformed the ways in which we receive and…


Guterres’ Message on the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

  On occasion of the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, 24 April 2019, UN Secretary-General António Guterres sent a message to the world: This first observance of the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace underscores the value of international cooperation for the common good. For nearly 75 years, the multilateral arrangements established after the Second World War have saved lives, expanded economic and social progress, upheld human rights and, not least, helped to prevent a third descent into global conflagration. From the articulation of international law to the advancement of gender equality, from protecting the environment to…


The Misery of Brexit

For the EU, Brexit has been an eyesore beyond description. The tug-of-war between the EU and the UK is of a protracted war. On April 10, the EU member-state leaders met in Brussels, Belgium and reached an agreement to allow the UK to postpone the Brexit until October 31 this year. On June 2, the EU will give the decision another evaluation. British Prime Minister Teresa May originally only wished to postpone it until June, and French President Macronalso expressed support for it. But EU Council President Tusk and German Chancellor Merkel both stated that the matter could be extended…


Guterres’ Message on International Women’s Day 2019

  On 8 March 2019, UN Secretary-General António Guterres sent a message to the world at the UN Observance of International Women’s Day 2019, New York: Gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to global progress on peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. We can only re-establish trust in institutions, rebuild global solidarity and reap the benefits of diverse perspectives by challenging historic injustices and promoting the rights and dignity of all. In recent decades, we have seen remarkable progress on women’s rights and leadership in some areas. But these gains are far from complete or consistent –…


On Asset Tokenization with Mr. Frankl, LGP

  Associated with blockchain technology, tokenization has become a hot topic around the world now. There is seemingly a tendency that everything is being considered tokenized, esp.  assets with economic value such as real estate properties, luxury items, stocks, gold or fine art. What is asset tokenization? What’s the difference between tokens and cryptocurrency? What is the driver for the token market?  Does tokenization bring up potential legal issues? Is there a connection between asset tokenization and IoT? When governments try to adjust to new technologies, introducing corresponding regulatory framework, do law firms see new business chances or more of…


5G and Huawei Complex

5G and Huawei Complex 5G, the latest generation of cellular mobile communications, has been a hot topic worldwide, both technologically and politically. The latter tightly connected to a series of happenings to Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment. Wiki describes 5G performance as targetinghigh data rate, reduced latency, energy saving, cost reduction, higher system capacityand massive device connectivity.Concepts like virtual reality, augmented reality and machine-to-machine interaction in the Internet of Things (for example, the optimization of autonomous vehicles, i.g. driverless cars) are all vital in the 5G context. 5G is nevertheless by far as mature as how many…


Building up Hong Kong’s Unique Image in Zurich and Davos 

This year, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Mrs Carrie Lam spoke at the Emerging Markets Outlook session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting  in Davos, Switzerland, together with other high-ranking speakers, among them Mr Berat Albayrak, Minister of Treasury and Finance of Turkey and Mr Guido Sandleris, Governor of the Central Bank of Argentina. Mrs Lam said that developed economies and emerging market economies alike should forge closer economic co-operation, with a view to unlocking new growth opportunities. On her five-day visit to Switzerland, Mrs Lam also met government officials and the business community. Accompanied by Hong Kong’s Financial…


Is Lady ZI Zhongjun an Old Cynic?

Is Lady ZI Zhongjun an Old Cynic?   Today the social media group composed of my university colleagues underwent an interesting, if not bitter, discussion about who Ms Zi Zhongjun is. Having experienced incredible ups and downs in her life, this extraordinarily talented lady has become a well-known critic with her sharp-eyed, deep-going, relentless and passionate arguments on current issues home and abroad. Some believe she is no more than an old cynic who let out her anger in a destructive way, probably only to harm her own mental health. Some insist she is inspiring in truth-finding, using her influence…


New Archaeological Findings Tracing 9000-Year Old Domestic Pigs in China

New Archaeological Findings Tracing 9000-Year Old Domestic Pigs in China   The beginning of February, 2019 saw exciting archaeological discoveries and studies in China that the countrywas one of the earliest places in the world to domesticate pigs about 9,000 years ago. “Our research confirms that pig bones excavated from the Jiahu (贾湖)relic site in Wuyang (舞阳)County, central China’s Henan Province, date back 9,000 years and belong to domestic pigs,” said Yuan Jing, a researcher with the Institute of Archaeology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Foreign scholars have found remains of domestic pigs from around the same period…


Vienna Sound of Spring Concert Re-Defining Chinese Love of Golden Hall

Vienna Sound of Spring Concert Re-Defining Chinese Love of Golden Hall On the evening of February 3, the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musicians Association Mansion held a “Vienna Sound of Spring Concert”, in which three Chinese classics were introduced between the traditional Waltz pieces. As a result, the concert turned beautifully into a gift from Austrian musicians to the Chinese Lunar New Year. That night, 2 days before the beginning of the Year of the Pig, the Golden Hall was almost wholly packed, leaving no room in the standing-tickets area either. An emotional evening enshrouded in joy, indeed. The…